Synopses & Reviews
A cabinet of magic! A cavalcade of wonder! A collection of stories both strange and wondrous, of tales filled with wild adventure and strange imaginings. Fearsome Magics, the second New Solaris Book of Fantasy, is all these things and more. It is, we think, one of the best books you will read all year.
Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has invited some of the best and most exciting writers working in fantasy today to let their imaginations run wild and to deliver stories that will thrill and awe, delight and amuse. And above all, stories that are filled with fearsome magic! Authors include Garth Nix, K.J. Parker, Justina Robson, Ellen Klages, Christopher Rowe, Isobelle Carmody, Tony Ballantyne, James Bradley, Karin Tidbeck, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Frances Hardinger, Kaaron Warren, Genevieve Valentine and Robert Shearman.
"Changelings and people whose powers set them strangely apart from the world, weird alternate pockets of reality that play by their own rules, and dark psychological fugues feature in this collection of 14 original stories, which despite the title reads more like a horror compilation than a fantasy one. Highlights include Tony Ballantyne's 'Dream London Hospital,' a disturbing ramble through a medical facility gone mad; Kaaron Warren's 'The Nursery Corner,' an intensely creepy peek into a world of aging, memory, and forgetting; and Isobelle Carmody's 'Grigori's Solution,' which poses quiet questions about the end of the world under a premise of a universe undone by brilliant math. Garth Nix fans will enjoy a new Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz story in 'Home is the Haunter.' The stories aren't exceptional, but all of them deftly establish the parameters of their worlds, in alignment with the theme of magic with 'rules and consequences' that Strahan describes in his introduction. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jonathan Strahan is an editor and anthologist. He co-edited The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology series in 1997 and 1998. He is also the reviews editor of Locus. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and their two daughters.